World day of Social Justice is on February 20 every year. The purpose of the day is to focus on the plight of social injustice throughout the world and to press for improvements and solutions.
As a community legal centre, Illawarra Legal Centre (ILC), assists some of the most disadvantaged people in our community and our services know all too well how social injustice and inequalities affect the people of the Illawarra.
Over the last 2 years, we have seen the impact of COVID-19 and bushfires on our community, the needs of those we help have become that much greater.
People who were already living with disadvantages, such unemployment or underemployment, with high levels of existing debt, suffering homelessness, or facing existing difficulties with access to health and social services were further marginalised.
We know that during times like these serious legal issues can escalate quickly.
The short term fixes afforded by government in relation to payments for those who lost work and moratoriums on evictions demonstrate that the current systems do not exist in a space that places welfare and essential needs of people as a priority in society.
We need long term systemic change implemented that affords people a sense of security in their lives.
We need to reduce inequality and end poverty.
ILC strives to advance social justice through the delivery of our free legal services to members of our community. We assist people to realise their legal rights, with a particular focus on reaching those who experience social and economic disadvantage in the Illawarra and surrounding areas.
By acknowledging this important day we recognise the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion, employment, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all.
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